31 of the best local burgers in Birmingham

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Get ready for the best local burgers in Birmingham. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

Prepare your tastebuds for an American classic. Whether you like yours classic, with cheese, double pattied, or upscaled, Birmingham has some amazing options to choose from. Here’s our guide to the best local burgers in Birmingham for when you’re craving a tower of yum between buns.

This guide was originally created in December 2021 and was last updated in August 2023.

1. Back Forty Beer Company Cheeseburger 

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If you haven’t tried the Back Forty Cheeseburger, you are missing out. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

Back Forty Beer Company has one of the best cheeseburgers in the city. It’s two patties, American cheese, aioli, pickles and onions. 

Don’t eat meat? No problem. Back Forty also has an Impossible burger on the menu. It consists of a 6oz Impossible burger, Violife cheddar cheese, “Zero Egg” aioli, house dill pickles and onions. 

2. Mudtown Eat and Drink Burgers

Mudtown recently tied for first place for Vestavia Hills’ best burger award. If that doesn’t convince you to try it, I don’t know what will. Their classic cheeseburger consists of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and mayo. 

If you want to switch things up, try it with the pimento cheese or add bacon for an additional $2.

3. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 

If you’re craving a late-night bite in Birmingham, look no further than Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. Jack Brown’s is known for its wide assortment of burgers and being open later than most restaurants in the city. 

4. Soho Social’s Burgers

If you’re in the Homewood area, you have to check out Soho Social. My personal favorite is the Soho Burger with bacon, but they also have some unique burger selections like the Spicy Cahaba with jalapeno bacon or the Turkey burger with goat cheese and pepper jelly if you’re feeling adventurous.

They also have a black bean burger as a vegetarian option on their menu. 

5. Chez FonFon’s Burger

The Hamburger FonFon is a Birminghamian favorite. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. This burger is piled high with comtĂ©, grilled red onion, pickles and Pommes Frites. 

6. Carlile’s Barbecue Burger

Carlile’s may be known for its amazing barbecue, but burgers are also one of its specialties. In fact, Carlile’s participated in the annual Birmingham Burger Fest in 2018 and 2019. 

Their burger was so incredible, they totally wooed the judges and were awarded the trophy for the best burger in 2018.

7. The Standard Burger

Going to The Pizitz is always exciting with the hustle and bustle of locals grabbing food and shopping. I suggest making your visit even more worthwhile with a stop at The Standard. 

The cheeseburger is always a good choice, but if you want to kick up the party in your mouth a notch, then consider the Doublestack. It comes with white cheese, special sauce, French fries, coleslaw and pickles on a potato roll.

You also have the choice to go meatless with The Standard’s Veggie Burger.

8. MELT Cheeseburger

Bite into two patties of Angus beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, & matilda sauce on texas toast topped off with a pickle. The Cheeseburger at MELT is piled high with delicious flavors and what isn’t good when it’s stacked between two pieces of texas toast?

9. Hero Doughnuts & Buns Hero Burger

Hero Doughnuts and Buns is serving more than incredible doughnuts. If you haven’t tried their burgers you’re missing out. I recommend trying the Classic Burger and the Dad Burger.

10. The Purple Onion Burger

Night owls, this ones for you. Open 24 hours, Purple Onion is the king of cheap eats. All of their burgers are under $6 and most of their combo plates come in at $9.25. With a vast menu of late-night favorites, you can’t beat it.

11. Pop’s Neighborhood Grill Burgers

Cheeseburger of my dreams. (Pop’s Neighborhood Grill)

Rise and shine, Bham. Your dollar can go a long way at Pop’s, there’s nothing on their menu over $10! Try the Pop’s Just Good Burger, complete with Pop’s famous sauce, if you like something classic or mix it up with the Groovy Bacon Mushroom Burger.

12. Baha Burger 

Who woulda thought you could get a gourmet burger without the gourmet price tag?  Snag a full-size Bacon Swiss burger with caramelized onions, sautĂ©ed mushrooms, swiss cheese, mayo and of course, bacon for only $7.79.

13. Craft Burger

Get a classic burger at Craft Burger with 2 patties, American cheese, red onion, pickle and craft sauce. It’s a dose of delicious in every bite.

14. Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive

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Give us a bite of that burger. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Whiskey Foxtrot is serving some killer burgers with Wagyu beef patties,a menu full of delcious options and a new specialty burger of the week every week.

15. Dawson’s Burgers Wings & Fries

Grab a burger that won’t break the bank at Dawson’s Burgers Wings & Fries. All their burgers are under $10 and with prices this cheap you might as well buy two.

16. Paramount Bar Burgers

Paramount has great burgers in an awesome setting. Try the Southern for a burger with pimento cheese, bacon anf fried pickles or the You’re my Boy, Blue for carmelized onions, blue cheese and arugla.

17. Otey’s Tavern Burger

Head to Otey’s Tavern for a mouth-watering burger and a fun pub atmosphere sure to bring you back time and time again.

18. Black Market Bar and Grill Burger

At this Birmingham original since 2009, we highly recommend the burgers. And yes – they are one of a kind – like the Disgraceland burger (peanut butter and jelly) and the Godzilla Burger (a pound of meat and 2X bacon and cheese!).

19. Wayback Burgers

Wayback Burgers in Birmingham is all about serving delicious and fresh, hand-made burgers. If you’re a bacon lover you have to try the Double Bacon burger—it doesn’t disappoint.

20. Real & Rosemary Burger

This burger is classic but oh-so good, and you can tell they use the freshest ingredients. The burger is made up of ground beef, tomato, romaine, onion, pickle and house sauce.

21. FIVE Birmingham Burger

As the name suggests, FIVE Birmingham only has five menu items and one of them is the Double Cheeseburger.

22. Gus’s Hot Dogs Burger

Gus’s Hot Dogs owner Lee Pantazis. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

The name of this shop might say hot dogs but their burgers are just as incredible. Head downtown and give them a try.

23. Yo Mamma’s Burger

Another spot for a cheap hamburger combo. The BBQ burger here is less than $10 and tastes incredible.

24. Saw’s Juke Joint Burger

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Try the burger at this bbq spot. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Saw’s Juke Joint serves more than amazing BBQ. Mix it up and try their Saw Burger.

25. CharBar 7

Try a juicy burger from CharBar 7. This buffalo burger is mixed with their homemade buffalo sauce and topped with bleu cheese mayo, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

26. Marty’s PM

Some of the selections over at Marty’s PM. (Marty’s PM / Facebook)

This is the perfect spot for a late-night burger. Open until 5AM you can satisfy your cravings now matter how late of a night owl you are.

27. East West’s Burger

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The burger from East West is out of this world good. (Lauren Perry / Bham Now)

Head to East West for a Kobe beef burger topped with Muenster cheese, onion jam and shiitake mushrooms, all sandwiched between a delicious brioche bun.

28. Helen

Check out Helen’s double cheeseburger with two beef patties, hand pressed before hitting the wood fire grill. The mouth-watering burger is then topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickle, onion, Dukes mayo and yellow mustard all on a Martins potato bun.

29. Porch

Porch in Mountain Brook has rotating burgers of the week and they truly are one of a kind. I can confirm there burgers are absolutely delicious.

30. Hamburger Heaven

Hamburger Heaven has four locations serving the Birmingham area. All their ingredients are fresh and prepared daily, including the beef. The burgers are hand-pattied each day and make for the perfect meal.

31. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Martin’s Bar-B-Que is known for its delicious whole hog bbq, but they also serve up a mean burger. Next time you’re there, make sure to try the cheeseburger, brisket burger or southern paddy melt.

What are your fave spots in Bham for a burger? If we missed it let us know by tagging us @bhamnow.

Miranda Shaffer
Miranda Shaffer
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